Nebraska continues a rugged two game road trip on Saturday night, when the Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on sixth-ranked Ohio State. Nebraska enters the game with a 7-1 record and a 4-1 mark in Big Ten play, following a 23-17 overtime loss at Wisconsin on Saturday night. Nebraska rallied from a 10-point deficit entering the final quarter, but Wisconsin prevailed in the extra session.
The loss ended the Huskers' eight-game overall winning streak, NU's longest in 15 seasons. Despite the setback, Nebraska maintains a one-game lead in the Big Ten West Division heading into the final month of the season. The Huskers enter this week's contest still in the top 10 in both polls. NU is ranked ninth in the Associated Press Poll and 10th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Ohio State also comes into the game with a 7-1 record, including a 4-1 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes suffered a three-point loss at Penn State on Oct. 22, but bounced back with a 24-20 win over Northwestern on Saturday in Columbus. The Buckeyes rank among the nation's best on both offense and defense. Ohio State ranks eighth nationally in rushing offense and No. 10 in scoring. The defense is also stout, holding opponents to just 295.5 yards and 15.1 points per game.
Date/Time: November 5, 2016 7:00 p.m. CDT
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Capacity: 104,944
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: The Buckeyes hold a 3-1 advantage over the Huskers in the series. These teams are tied 1-1 as Big Ten Conference opponents, splitting contests in 2011 and 2012. Woody Hayes’ 1955 and 56 teams beat the Huskers (both in Columbus). OSU and NU did not meet again until 2011 when Nebraska registered the largest fourth quarter comeback in school history behind the backfield of Rex Burkhead and Taylor Martinez and on some clutch defensive plays by Lavonte David and Stanley Jean-Baptiste.
TV: The game will be televised on ABC with Chris Fowler, Play-by-Play; Kirk Herbstreit, Analyst; Samantha Ponder, Sidelines.
It can be streamed on WatchESPN with a login from your cable/satellite provider. Playstation Vue streaming includes ESPN in all of its packages. SlingTV streaming includes ESPN in its Orange (but not Blue) package. In select locations, it can be streamed on ABC Live.
More streaming options: The official Huskers app is available on iTunes. The app is free but accessing live audio costs $4.99 (per season). The app is available for Android users for free but the live content requires a payment (I could not see the amount but assume it is similar to the other). I often use the TuneIn app for game audio.
Weather: At kickoff, it is expected to be around 55 degrees and clear skies with no chance of precipitation. Wind should not be much of a factor coming from the WSW at 5 mph.
Odds: The Buckeyes are favored by 16.5 to 17 points depending on which oddsmaker you check.
Nebraska and Ohio State are both ranked in the top 10 of this week's AP poll with Ohio State at No. 6 and Nebraska ranked ninth. This matchup will mark the first top- 10 meeting Nebraska has played in since the No. 8 Huskers played at No. 7 Wisconsin in October of 2011.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. needs 53 yards of total offense against Ohio State to become the Nebraska career leader in total offense. Taylor Martinez currently holds the record with 10,233 yards.
Nebraska and Ohio State have combined for 81 conference championships in the storied history of the two programs. Nebraska has 46 league titles, while Ohio State has won 35 conference crowns.
Coach Riley on J.T. Barrett:
“When you have a guy that’s as good an athlete as this, and then they use him in multiple ways, both obviously as a run-pass option guy, as a runner and as a passer, he’s one of those guys that is really good all-around. He’s one of those guys that yes, you may need to spy on in passing situations because the threat of what he does running the ball in those situations – even on non-called runs by the quarterback, they can be so disruptive. You’ve got to have kind of a multiple plan that way for a guy like this.”
Coach Langsdorf on the Buckeye defense:
“They’re really deep up front. They rotate eight guys. They’ve got depth with big, strong guys and then edge rushers that move. They’ve got a really solid group of linebackers and probably the best secondary we’ve faced, also. Top to bottom, they’re really talented with personnel. We’ve got to be able to cover ‘em up and get some yards early, and then protect the quarterback and go after them.”